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Rome to MonteCarlo / Nice France

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Rome to MonteCarlo / Nice France

How would one get from Rome to Monte Carlo and on to Nice, France? We are a family of four w/ 2 daughters who will be 10&7. Would car rental be best? Train? How long would the travel time be and what would be the approximate cost? Thanks in advance for your advice.....

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1. Re: Rome to MonteCarlo / Nice France

Car rental would be extortionate unless you are bringing the car back into Italy for drop-off. Nearest drop-off to the French border is San Remo (except perhaps on Sundays when it may be Genoa). For journey times and costs by car see www.viamichelin.com adding time for rest stops, and for rental costs get online quotations. You can continue your journey by train - San Remo-Monaco takes about an hour, changing trains at Ventimiglia from where there are two trains an hour to Monaco. These trains will cost very little. There are three trains an hour from Monaco to Nice.

Trains all the way from Rome costs from €54 each but take at least 8.5 hours with at least one change of train.. www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html does not give prices for journeys requiring a change of train at Ventimiglia - for these, look separately at costs to Ventimiglia, and add about €3 for the French commuter train from Ventimiglia to Monaco.

A good combination of cost and comfort might be the low-cost airline blu-express to Nice airport then the half-hourly express airport bus onward to Monaco. Bus costs €18, flights vary.

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For the part of the journey inside Italy, you should be able to get the Familia fare, which gives a discount for both the adults and the children. The discount isn't available on regional trains, but you would probably not plan an itinerary that was entirely on slow trains. Many itineraries have fast trains as far as Genova, and then you often have to proceed to Ventimiglia on a regional train. I priced one itinerary with the familia fare and found a total price of €154 euros for the whole family.

You can see schedules and prices here:

http://trenitalia.com/homepage_en.html

As perilizia said, put in an itinerary from Rome to Ventimiglia. After choosing a train, select "Familia" as the fare type. The Familia fare can sell out, but I've never had trouble getting it. To minimize the risk, buy your tickets as soon as you arrive in Italy, either at a train station or at a travel agent who handles FS tickets. You can't get these fares outside of Italy.

The journey time is 7 to 10 hours, depending on which trains you take. If you want to break your journey somewhere, Genova has a great aquarium that the kids would probably enjoy. I'm not a big fan of aquariums, but this one is above the mean. If you do that, you might want to spend the night in Genova.

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3. Re: Rome to MonteCarlo / Nice France

Two years ago i did it by train.

It is very easy and confartable, you can pick a cabin for your family and travel all night long.

In trainitalia web page you can see all the information.

Although you can save a night traveling and sleepin inside the train. And i think your children will like the "adventure"

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Unfortunately the option of going on a direct night train no longer exists. These days, to go overnight you have to change at Genoa, and get out of your train from Rome at 4.30 or 6.00 depending on your time of departure. For some this might be too much of an adventure.

If you can, choose a journey from Genoa to Ventimiglia which uses an InterCity or Eurocity train rather than a Regional train - as the latter are often in poor condition.

Note that if you adopt Bvienci's excellent suggestion of using the Famiglia fare, you must buy tickets to Ventimiglia as this fare does not apply to international journeys. But if you are travelling on a through train to Monaco (as you will be if, for example, you leave Rome at 10.30 for a journey on one day) then you can buy separate tickets in Rome (or any other large station) for the Ventimiglia to Monaco part of the journey, so you do not have to leave the train at Ventimiglia.

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5. Re: Rome to MonteCarlo / Nice France

I would buy a one way segment with Air France from FCO to NCE. Monte Carlo is just next door from Nice, the local train will get you there in 20 mins.

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6. Re: Rome to MonteCarlo / Nice France

A one-way segment on Air France is often over €500 per person. The same flight by blu-express is often €59.99.

The train from Nice Ville to Monaco-Monte Carlo takes around 20 minutes. But from the airport you need to get to a train station by bus, adding another 15 minutes plus transfer time to the journey. The half-hourly direct bus from the airport to Monaco and Monte Carlo is easier, though it is more expensive.

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